HealthDay News — Half of women treated with acupuncture report a decline in the frequency of menopausal vasomotor symptoms, according to a study published in Menopause.

Nancy E. Avis, PhD, from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and colleagues randomly assigned 209 perimenopausal and postmenopausal women aged 45 to 60 years experiencing at least 4 vasomotor symptoms per day to receive up to 20 acupuncture treatments within 6 months or to a waitlist control group.

The researchers found that 11.6% of women had an 85% reduction in vasomotor symptoms. Forty-seven percent (the largest group) reported a 47% reduction in vasomotor symptom frequency, while 37.3% of participants showed only a 9.6% reduction in vasomotor symptom frequency. An increase in vasomotor symptoms was seen in 4.1%. A 10% decrease in vasomotor symptom frequency was reported among 79.5% of women in the waitlist control group. Results were significantly related to baseline number of vasomotor symptoms, number of acupuncture treatments in the first 8 weeks, and traditional Chinese medicine diagnosis.

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“Identifying clear predictors of clinical response to acupuncture treatment of menopausal vasomotor symptoms remains challenging,” the researchers wrote.

Disclosures: One author disclosed financial ties to acupuncture treatment centers.

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  1. Avis NE, Coeytaux RR, Levine B, Isom S, Morgan T. Trajectories of response to acupuncture for menopausal vasomotor symptoms: the Acupuncture in Menopause study. Menopause. 2016 Sep 26. doi:10.1097/GME.0000000000000735 [Epub ahead of print].